Prickly produce no problem for IVECO Stralis

06/03/2019

Reliability and ruggedness used to be the main prerequisites for a good farm truck, these days though, you better add ‘comfort’ and ‘ease of use’ to the equation, according to Accorsini Farms part owner, Rod Accorsini.

Rod’s 200 hectare property was purchased by father Robert in 1964, with the first of 5,000 pineapple plants being sown shortly afterwards – now some 55 years on, Rod and brother – and business partner – Tony, have plantings of around 1.2 million pineapples each year.

At 81 years of age, Robert is still on the scene assisting his sons when he can, and for the new IVECO Stralis ATi he is very grateful.

During pineapple season which runs from October to early January, Robert drives the Stralis several times a week from the farm in Mutarnee about an hour south to Townsville. From Townsville, the produce is then dispatched to all the major state capital cities along with Darwin.

“Dad’s 81 now, our other regular driver is my uncle who’s 76, and my brother Tony has recently had two knee replacements,” Rod said.

“The Stralis has a 12-speed automated manual transmission and they sure love not having to change gears!”

As well as the trips to Townsville, the IVECO Stralis spends considerable time on the farm tracks being loaded in-field with a combination of pineapples and compliment crops comprising of watermelons and pumpkins, later taking these to a co-op packing shed around 15 minutes away for local distribution.

With an eight pallet tray body and hauling a single axle, 10 pallet tag along trailer, the truck normally operates at a little over 16 tonnes, a weight the IVECO Stralis makes small work of given that it has 460hp and 2100Nm on tap.

“It’s got more than enough power and handles the loads with ease. We probably didn’t need that much power but we also figured that if the Stralis could accommodate that sort of output it would be put together right and would last us a long time,” Rod said.

Having now successfully completed its first harvest, Rod is please at how the truck has performed in the demanding Northern Queensland conditions.

“Some of the roads on the farm are bumpy and in a pretty ordinary state but the Stralis has handled everything we’ve thrown at it,” he said.

“We opted for cross locks on both rear axles and this has certainly helped us in the muddy conditions as well.

“Another important feature for us is a good air-conditioner, this blows nice and cold in the Stralis. The truck can be stopped and sitting in full sun while it’s being loaded but it doesn’t take long to cool down once turned back-on.” 

Rod also cites the IVECO Stralis’ rear airbag suspension as being a great benefit both for the driver and for the produce.

“The airbags provide a supple and comfortable ride – you don’t get those sharp bumps like in trucks with steel suspension,” he said.

“This is good for the drivers as fatigue is reduced and for the produce, because it arrives at the delivery location in better condition.

“I like everything about the truck: the comfort, power, the ease of use and it’s also very economical to run,” he said.

Reliability and ruggedness used to be the main prerequisites for a good farm truck, these days though, you better add ‘comfort’ and ‘ease of use’ to the equation, according to Accorsini Farms part owner, Rod Accorsini.

Rod’s 200 hectare property was purchased by father Robert in 1964, with the first of 5,000 pineapple plants being sown shortly afterwards – now some 55 years on, Rod and brother – and business partner – Tony, have plantings of around 1.2 million pineapples each year.

At 81 years of age, Robert is still on the scene assisting his sons when he can, and for the new IVECO Stralis ATi he is very grateful.

During pineapple season which runs from October to early January, Robert drives the Stralis several times a week from the farm in Mutarnee about an hour south to Townsville. From Townsville, the produce is then dispatched to all the major state capital cities along with Darwin.

“Dad’s 81 now, our other regular driver is my uncle who’s 76, and my brother Tony has recently had two knee replacements,” Rod said.

“The Stralis has a 12-speed automated manual transmission and they sure love not having to change gears!”

As well as the trips to Townsville, the IVECO Stralis spends considerable time on the farm tracks being loaded in-field with a combination of pineapples and compliment crops comprising of watermelons and pumpkins, later taking these to a co-op packing shed around 15 minutes away for local distribution.

With an eight pallet tray body and hauling a single axle, 10 pallet tag along trailer, the truck normally operates at a little over 16 tonnes, a weight the IVECO Stralis makes small work of given that it has 460hp and 2100Nm on tap.

“It’s got more than enough power and handles the loads with ease. We probably didn’t need that much power but we also figured that if the Stralis could accommodate that sort of output it would be put together right and would last us a long time,” Rod said.

Having now successfully completed its first harvest, Rod is please at how the truck has performed in the demanding Northern Queensland conditions.

“Some of the roads on the farm are bumpy and in a pretty ordinary state but the Stralis has handled everything we’ve thrown at it,” he said.

“We opted for cross locks on both rear axles and this has certainly helped us in the muddy conditions as well.

“Another important feature for us is a good air-conditioner, this blows nice and cold in the Stralis. The truck can be stopped and sitting in full sun while it’s being loaded but it doesn’t take long to cool down once turned back-on.” 

Rod also cites the IVECO Stralis’ rear airbag suspension as being a great benefit both for the driver and for the produce.

“The airbags provide a supple and comfortable ride – you don’t get those sharp bumps like in trucks with steel suspension,” he said.

“This is good for the drivers as fatigue is reduced and for the produce, because it arrives at the delivery location in better condition.

“I like everything about the truck: the comfort, power, the ease of use and it’s also very economical to run,” he said.

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